How do you stop itching from a tanning bed?


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The most effective way to stop itching from a tanning bed is to apply hot water to the skin, dry it with a soft towel and treat the skin with a medicated anti-itch lotion or peppermint oil. This procedure takes about 15 minutes and requires a shower or bath, a washcloth, fragrance-free liquid castile soap, a soft towel and anti-itch lotion or peppermint oil.

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  1. Take a hot shower or bath

    Take a shower or bath in the hottest water your skin tolerates. If you wish to cleanse your skin, use a small amount of fragrance-free liquid castile soap and a soft washcloth. Press the cloth to your skin, but do not scrub yourself. Stay in the hot water for 10 minutes.

  2. Dry your skin

    Pat a soft, dry towel over your skin. Do not rub or scratch yourself, even if your skin still itches.

  3. Apply an itch-fighting product

    Apply a liberal amount of an anti-itch product such as peppermint oil or a medicated lotion. Avoid products that contain aloe vera. Rub the product into your skin until it is completely absorbed, and blot the excess with the towel.

  4. Reapply the anti-itch product

    Apply additional anti-itch product whenever the itching sensation returns. Do not exceed the daily application limit indicated on the product's packaging.

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